Fall Planting Tips
Date: September 1st, 2016
Although the majority of August is hot, the days are getting shorter and the end of the month brings moderate temperatures. This is the perfect time to plant your favorite fall plants. The summer sun’s warmth has left the soil warm and leading to ideal conditions for seeds to germinate and plants to quickly establish a root structure.
Fall Landscape Planting
The fall is a great time to add trees or shrubs to your property.
If you are considering adding a tree or shrub in the garden or lawn, take note of the area’s size, sun exposure, and the water needs of the plants around the area. Being aware of these factors will allow you to properly pick the best replacement plant.
When selecting a plant, consider fall color or other seasonal plants. Evergreens look great all year long and provide screening for plants or hedges. Winterberry Holly is a beautiful tree that produces bright red berries into early spring.
There are many fall-blooming shrubs that will add beauty to your yard. A quick list includes the “Endless Summer” Hydrangea, Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush, Russian Sage, and Encore Azalea “Autumn Princess”.
Proper planting technique is extremely important in the well-being of your new tree or shrub. To learn how to properly plant a tree or shrub, read this article.
Fall Vegetable Gardening
It still isn’t too late to plant a few veggies. Your fall crop is capable of producing fresh produce past the first frost of the season and even past the first few snows!
Plant these crops early in early August for a fall vegetable crop:
Carrot and Parsnip – These vegetables are able to stay in the ground past the first few frosts. Hardier varieties can still be harvested in the middle of winter if protected with heavy straw mulch.
Brussels Sprouts / Broccoli – These vegetables should be planted as transplants in late August. Surprisingly, both of these and a few other leafy vegetables taste better after a frost.
Kale, Spinach and Chard – These cool-weather veggies mature quickly and are a perfect fall crop. Plant these green leafy vegetables into the soil and then lightly cover.
Salad Vegetables – Lettuce, mesculin, and mustard mixes can survive until the first frosts. Planting these plants under summer crops of beans or squash will keep them shaded and cool.
Other vegetables that can be planted in the fall include:
- Asian greens (Bok Choy / Pac Choi)
- Direct Sow Peas
- Scallions (green onions)
Regardless of what you plant, frequent watering is essential for germination. August and September can bring high temperatures that dry out the soil.
Don’t forget to weed before planting fall crops! Summer weeds need to be eliminated from the intended plating area before introducing the new plant. This will be much easier if you have been maintaining the garden all summer long.
Enjoy the fall planting season! If you have any further questions, leave a comment or visit your local CountryMax store today!